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People in the News: Jan 14, 2009


Michael Tentowski, who was named director of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's incubator program three years ago, was one of 98 people laid off by RPI last month, the Albany Times-Union reported this week.

The incubator program is now being headed by Ronald Kudla, executive director of RPI's Office of Technology Property, Technology Transfer, and New Ventures, according to the report.

Jennifer Gordon and Scott Familant have joined Baker Botts as partners in the law firm's intellectual property department.

Gordon will head the IP department's life sciences section, Baker Botts said. Both lawyers will be based in the firm's New York office.

Prior to joining Baker Botts, Gordon and Familant were partners at Sidley Austin. Gordon holds a PhD in biochemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and received a JD from Fordham University School of Law. Familant received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Cornell University, and a JD from George Washington University.

Terri Lomax has been named vice chancellor for research and graduate studies at North Carolina State University, the school said last week.

Lomax will oversee the administration of NC-State's research and development expenditures, federal relations, research funding and compliance, technology transfer and commercialization, Centennial Campus partnerships, and the NC-State Graduate School.

Lomax has served as interim vice chancellor for research and graduate studies since June 2008. Prior to that, she was dean of NC-State's Graduate School.

Prior to coming to NC-State, Lomax served at the headquarters of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in Washington, DC, first as division director of the Fundamental Space Biology program; then as acting deputy associate administrator for research for the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate; and finally as senior policy analyst.

She holds a bachelor's degree in botany from the University of Washington, a master's degree in botany/biology from San Diego State University, and PhD in biology from Stanford University.

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